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★ The BEST Handmade Online Stores | Selling Beautiful Soap, Jewelry, Gifts, Bags & More ★

Updated on February 16, 2016

Where To Find Unique Christmas & Birthday Gifts

This lens lists all of the best shops from the popular handmade marketplaces of Etsy and Folksy, plus some other favourites including stand-alone websites. I've split the shops into categories and have included options for plenty of different tastes and pockets!

The purpose is to promote the skills and creativity of craftspeople, plus providing links to amazingly diverse products you will love.

I hope you enjoy browsing :-)

Ice-cream soap made by Soapy Love - Click here to visit the shop.

Why Buy Handmade?

There are so many reasons to buy handmade rather than only buying from high street chains, and in my opinion the following points are the most encouraging reasons to cross over to the world of handmade :

1) Much friendlier, more personal customer service

2) Original, unique and often one-of-a-kind designs

3) The artist behind the items really appreciates your custom

4) There is the real possibility that the artist will accept personal requests and create a custom item just for you...all you have do do is ask!

5) The artist often puts plenty of thought into packaging your purchase to make it more special and fun to unwrap

6) You are helping someone to carry on being able to do something they love

7) The quality is usually higher because of the heart, attention and care put into handmade products

8) There are items available for every taste and pocket

I really hope that you consider buying handmade in the future if you don't already - just think of the independent artists you are supporting all over the world!

Silver Birdhouse Necklace

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Rainbow Factory

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Craft Kits For Making Your Own Gifts & Products

This is a selection of top-rated craft kits to while away an enjoyable weekend or give as a creative gift:

Soap Sewing Kit

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Cement Vases

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Mini Journal Set

Beautiful hand-stitched journals.
Beautiful hand-stitched journals. | Source

Needle Felted Owls

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Plushies and Softies

Cute cuddly character toys.

Knitted Colourblock Cushions

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Pig Bandit Softie

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Personalised Handmade Items Make Awesome Gifts!

Custom-made wooden boats.
Custom-made wooden boats. | Source

Hand Bound Ribbon Stitch Book

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Retrofied Tote Bag

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Needle Felted Sheep Mobile

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Tie Lab Necktie

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Recycled Sweater Coats

Amazing sweater creation.
Amazing sweater creation. | Source

My Jewellery Shop

A shameless plug for my jewellery shop, The Wellington Boot :-)

Pendleton Wool Pillow

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      Wendy Henderson 6 years ago from PA

      I like the tote bag. Very nice.

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      Delia 6 years ago

      great products and links...thanks for sharing!

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      WickedlyWired 6 years ago

      etsy absolutely rocks. more than great stuff, awesome community over there. love it

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      Kitsune64 6 years ago

      Wow! Nice selection here! I see a few shops I'll be checking out... and those felted owls are adorable. This is the first time I've actually seen what needle felting can do, so thank you for that. ^_^

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      seedplanter 6 years ago

      I really appreciate how you've showcased so many different types of shops on Etsy. I market my photography and art there, so I know what a wonderful asset it is for both sellers and shoppers. I also use Artfire, both under the name bbrunophotography. Thanks for creating a fabulous lens!

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      Cindy Fahnestock-Schafer 6 years ago from Hedgesville, WV

      thanks for this

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      empathzone 6 years ago

      awesome info! thanks!

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      I like this lens! So many wonderful handmade items.

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      cherriebombetsy 6 years ago

      very cool lens! I love finding new Etsy shops to support :)

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      tonyaboezi 6 years ago

      Great lens, thanks for promoting handmade! I have a shop on Etsy but am looking to branch out. I never hear anybody praising their success with Artfire, unfortunately most posts I read from sellers that use Artfire talk about how their sales are pretty flat over there. I am going to check out the other site that you listed, thanks! :)

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      eriash 5 years ago

      Hi, love that you are promoting all the great jewellery designers out there.

      Would you be able to give my friend a link here too please, she makes some gorgeous pieces, and will all custom design any piece to order.

      Thanks :-)

      I'm trying to help her promote her site, so if you have any tips that will help, we will be very grateful.

      Her website is http://www.adorn-jewellery.net.

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      KANEsUgAr 5 years ago

      So many great shops, thank you. I have a shop on www.etsy.com/kanekl I make sugar flowers for cake and cupcake decorating.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens, with some nice shops. Always amazes me just how talented some people are at art and design

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      vabeachquilter 5 years ago

      Love those owls & the sewing soap! Just TOO cute! Great lens...it's nice to see other handmade artisans featured!

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      NellinShoppi 5 years ago

      I am so happy that etsians are so active. I have my own shop too, and I'm trying to start it up!

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      ErHawkns7100 5 years ago

      Truly wonderful gift ideas.

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      dogface lm 5 years ago

      @ErHawkns7100: Agree! So beautiful products.

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      Micromacrame 5 years ago

      I love Folksy and Etsy. Great places for handmade shopping.

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      vinc18 5 years ago

      Nice lens, thumb up!

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      catenelson 5 years ago

      cool lens! Discovered lots of new shops. Here's mine...I make handmade jewelry from recycled and found materials.

      http://www.etsy.com/shop/DamagedGoodsDesigns

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Love all the unique ideas for creative projects.Great lens!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Its not Etsy, but I often find some really unique stuff on ruffld.com (and I love their pink owl!)

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      NTdesignOne 3 years ago

      www.NThandmade.com - Unique handmade jewelry and jewelry boxes

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